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Communications Specialist and Content Writer for Clean Cities Blue Ocean

The USAID-funded Clean Cities Blue Ocean project in the USA, implemented by Tetra Tech International Development is currently accepting expressions of interest for Communications Specialist & Content Writer. This position will be based in US and will be a long-term position.


Clean Cities, Blue Ocean is seeking a communications professional with a passion for creating compelling stories that can communicate the program’s progress, impacts, and lessons learned to global audiences—including those from partner national and local governments, the private sector, and other development organizations that can support the sustainability and scaling of Clean Cities, Blue Ocean’s pilots. Ideal candidates will have experience creating compelling written communications, guiding the development of videos and other visual communications, and leveraging social and earned media inspire action.


The CCBO activity is a five-year initiative of USAID which will serve as USAID's flagship program to target ocean plastics directly at their source in cities and towns. The project works to prevent ocean plastic pollution by building capacity and commitment for Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling (3Rs) and solid waste management (SWM) in urban and peri-urban settings, particularly in riverine and coastal areas. CCBO works with multiple USAID missions on country-specific implementation of national and local activities, and with USAID/Washington on global-level activities.




*Identify and craft compelling stories demonstrating program impact, lessons learned, and transferrable solutions for global audiences. Leverage program photography in written products to create high-impact, visual communications.

*Support the development of informational products, including factsheets and briefers, success stories, and case studies

*Support the development of video concepts and components, including scripts, storyboards, and provide creative direction

*Develop talking points and presentations for USAID, as needed, for partner engagements and events

*Lead the development of program social media content and collaborate with USAID and partners to disseminate on multiple platforms

*Identify and coordinate opportunities for the program and its partners to engage with media and journalists to promote widespread communication of program impacts and legacy

*Support the development and implementation of annual Communications and Outreach Strategy

*Support and develop USAID requests for program information, including bi-weekly progress updates to USAID COR and other members of USAID leadership

*Support the development of contract deliverable reporting requirements, i.e., Quarterly, Annual, and Final Project Reports

*Review and edit program communications products, such as subcontractor-produced deliverables, as needed.

*Coordinate with other programs in USAID’s portfolio and USAID’s communications team to align messaging and communications strategies

*Provide guidance to technical experts in the development of presentations and program knowledge products.

*Oversee program creative assets, namely, managing the program’s global photo library and leveraging high impact program photographs across communications products

*Ensure consistent and correct branding and marking of communications, in compliance with ADS 320.




*Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications/marketing, development communications, or other relevant subject area, and at least eight years’ experience producing communications materials to support communications strategies for international development, non-governmental organization, or private sector programs/clients. Alternately a master’s degree and six years’ experience.

*Creative thinker, with ability and passion for crafting compelling and newsworthy stories.

*Demonstrated experience developing compelling and creative written communications materials (writing samples will be requested).

*Demonstrated experience developing compelling, effective social media content.

*Experience working with international and/or technical staff and stakeholders to develop communications products.

*Demonstrated strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to be self-directed and work well independently and as well as part of a team; interest in being part of a complex, fast-paced development program that is reimagining how ocean plastic pollution can be prevented around the world.

*Prior experience working on USAID or other international donor programs preferred but not required.

*Graphic design and video editing skills preferred but not required.